Rhodochrosite ps. Calcite, with Quartz
Madem-Lakkos mine, Cassandra Mines, Chalkidiki, Greece
Small Cabinet, 8.2 x 5.4 x 4.5 cm

Greek rhodochrosite is uncommon, and especially with "sparkle" as it tends to be dull in luster. Here we have the solution - Beautifully formed rhombohedrons of light pink rhodochrosite to 3 cm across are partially covered by a secondary, drusy layer of sparkling, colorless quartz. This is a example of uncommon, aesthetic rhodochrosite from Greece! The large rhodochrosites formed as pseudomorphs after a previous generation of sharp rhombohedral calcite crystals, as is typical for the locality. This specimen came out some time ago and has been part of the longtime private collection of a major Greek collector and miner and has not been to market previously.

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